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Special Ro-Ro Ferry to reduce pressure on Vidyasagar Setu

This service will ferry cargo trucks from Kolkata Port to Shalimar and Sankhrail

Three international synthetic tennis courts launched in North Bengal

The club, in association with BTA has plans to launch separate training camps for school children

'Shiuli' and their connect with Nolen Gur

What does a ‘Shiuli’ do?

Kolkata’s Fancy Lane where public executions were held

The tall robust trees of Fancy Lane bore silent witness to the crime perpetrated on poor subaltern people

Takipara, the Mukto Gram or Pearl Village of Hooghly

The women are being trained by members of the Nature Environment and Wildlife Society

Unique Recycled Jungle Gym in the middle of Bankura’s Forest

It is located near the entrance of the forest near Patharmora on Sonamukhi Road

Panchphoran Rui recipe from Jorasanko Thakurbari’s kitchen

Written by Rabindranath’s niece, Pragyasundari Devi

Meena Kumari and her connect with the Tagore family

Meena Kumari’s grandmother, Hemsundari Tagore, was married to Jadu Nandan Tagore

Swimmer Sayani Das becomes first Asian to conquer Molokai Channel

In 2017, Sayani crossed the English Channel

First female farmer of Murshidabad

Her life is an example of grit and courage

I made it into the classroom: Nemai Ghosh on Pratidwandi

The ace photographer on how he finally chose a career

Why Sharmila Tagore gifted Nemai Ghosh a tele-lens on the sets of Aranyer D...

Unknown stories about India’s most famous filmmaker

Firework in your stomach! Dalle Khursani from North Bengal

It is one of the hottest chilies in the world

Chander Pahar’s Diego Alvarez, a fictional character or a real-life?

Diego Alvarez was the most important part of Shankar's life

Bangitola’s heritage Monda

Monda might not have been discovered in Bangitola first, rather it was a sweet of English Bazar

Kolkata and its first advanced Sports Science Lab

The Department of Sports Science and Yoga has been running successfully at RKMVERI

BGBS 2022, the highest earning business summit in Bengal so far

West Bengal received proposals worth Rs 3.42 lakh crore at BGBS

A year without Sankha Ghosh

A true conscience keeper

Ancient monuments unearthed near the Sundarbans of Bangladesh

The site has been unearthed in Rezakpur village of Khulna

Eastern India’s premier neurosciences institute turns 13

On April 15 this year, I-NK celebrated its 13th foundation day

Anjan Chakraborty – the bibliophile of Bijoygarh

He is one of the most recognised bibliophiles in Kolkata

Celebrate Poila Baisakh with specially curated menu at The Salt House

The special menu is based on the menu of The Tangra Project

‘He was one of the best actors in the world,’ Nemai Ghosh on Satyajit R...

Excerpt from Nemai Ghosh’s book Manikda- Memories of Satyajit Ray

Mahakaran Metro Station gets Heritage Gallery for Martyrs

The entire station is being embellished with rare photographs and information on Benoy, Badal and Dinesh’s heroic deeds.

Stuck for Poila Baisakh gifting ideas? How about a box full of the essence ...

The start of the new year is the best time to buy new things

Darjeeling ‘First Flush’ sells at record price, all previous records br...

The season's first flush Darjeeling tea has received a record price of Rs 23,000 per kg.

Sukumar Sen, unsung hero of Indian democracy

Next year marks the 6oth anniversary of India’s first CEC

Suchitra Sen, the recluse with a reason

Years after her passing, her enigma abides

Bagbazar, the ghat neighbourhood of Kolkata

Nearly 100 ghats line the east and west banks of the Hooghly

Jadavpur’s Raja Das creates history by climbing Gojaburu with bare hands

He did not even use the basic tools needed as he climbed up the hill

Why are we letting Bengal’s very own martial arts form die?

Bengal, more than other parts of India, has ties to the lathi

Bengal receives “Most Pro-active States for implementing RCS Scheme” aw...

The government bags the award in the category of “Most Pro-active States for implementing RCS scheme”

Sushil Sen, the teenager who sparked a plot to kill a magistrate

This year marks the 130th birth anniversary of Sushil Sen

Saradindu Bandopadhyay brought in unusual murder weapons

Unusual weapons that detective Byomkesh Bakshi looked for

Giant mural pays tribute to 100 years of Satyajit Ray

The ‘Ray Wall’ is a stone’s throw from the Rabindra Sarobar Metro station

Terracotta art: The beauty of burnt clay

Bengal and terracotta share a lasting bond

One-man army on a cleaning drive, Prashanta Chandra of Midnapore is an insp...

He is often spotted working at all odd hours at different public zones with a broom- sweeping roads, parking lot, marketplace.

Saumyendranath Tagore, the Communist of the Tagore household

He is considered one of the pioneers of the communist movement in India

Piyali Basak -- First Indian woman set to summit Mt. Everest without oxygen...

She is the first Indian civilian to climb Mt. Dhaulagiri without supplementary oxygen

An online store trademarking the essence of Bengal through their products

Founded in 2019, The Bengal Store offers a wide range of products from Bengal

Empowering women alongside a Book fair: That happens only in Kolkata!

Organized by Girl Power Empowerment (GPE) Foundation on the occasion of International Women’s Day

The City of Joy etched in a box of nostalgic memories

Designed and curated by popular artist Uday Deb

Dolls that not only look great, but tell stories from Bengal’s past

The sheer variety of dolls adds to their age-old charm

The peerless Tulsi Chakraborty, and the tears behind the laughter

The legendary actor was born on March 3 in a village in Howrah

How West Bengal’s Student Credit Card scheme can help you on your way

The Student Credit Card scheme covers all higher education courses

Give in to Pareidolia at Maya Art Space

An exhibition of ‘photo narratives’ is on at Maya Art Space

Kolkata Book Fair 2022 will be live. What does this mean?

This is a path-breaking occurrence for an event of this size

What did author Leela Majumdar share in her Rannar Boi?

Leela Majumdar’s Rannar Boi is for the modern woman

A cookbook worthy of a Nobel Prize winner

This is as much a cookbook as it is a social commentary

Big news for poultry farmers as Hooghly youth starts black soldier fly farm...

He started the cultivation of black soldier fly as an alternative source of protein for aquaculture, animal feed, pet food and human nutrition

Meet Richa Ghosh, Bengal’s newest cricket sensation

Richa Ghosh has scored the fastest 50 by an Indian woman

WB Govt turns weavers of Nadia self-reliant through modern power looms

The primary target is to develop infrastructure in a bid to turn self-reliant

Innovative Palanquin Ambulances launched in North Bengal

A pregnant woman of the Dukpa community was brought down for delivery from Buxa hilltop in one such palanquin ambulance

Pahari Sanyal was not just an outstanding actor but a singer too

Even Satyajit Ray made him sing in his movies

Books are big at The Bengal Store!

We have a literary treasure trove to offer

Tribal Bengal, a book like no other

A look at Bengal’s incredibly rich tribal heritage

High quality affordable art, the theme at MAYA Art Space art fair

The aim is to make art financially accessible to ordinary people

Handicrafts from water hyacinth

Visva Bharati student’s novel scheme gets state minister’s nod

Jibanananda’s Dhanseri, a river in urgent need of rescue

The river now flows through the Jhalkathi district of Bangladesh

Meadow grass instead of tiara, basil leaves for veil: Lentil dumpling pair ...

Even today this custom is observed in different parts of Bengal by fixing a specific date based on star constellation and astrological predictions

Daughter of Tagore family who controlled estate on horseback with a gun and...

She was the first Indian lady exempted from the operation of the Arms Act

Bengali director’s documentary selected at Oscars this year

The documentary revolves around the story of a female Dalit journalist, who runs a unique newspaper called Khabar Lahariya

Kali Temple: The new abode of learning and venue of communal harmony

Breaking religious barriers, it became a hub of knowledge and education

Graceful Trees of Dhakuria Lake – Exotic and Imported from other continen...

These graceful trees around the lake gives a spectacular view

Banaphul -- The master storyteller

A tribute on his death anniversary

Rare Trees of Dhakuria Lake – Lungs of South Kolkata

The rare trees of Dhakuria Lake have braved several cyclones over the years and yet still standing tall

Bangla Tappa, born from Banjara music popularized by Nidhu Babu

It has roots in the musical journey of caravan travellers of north and north-western India

State to confer heritage status to Ram Mohan’s ancestral home at Radhanag...

To commemorate the 250th birth anniversary of Raja Ram Mohan Roy

Do your bit for sustainable fashion, check out our handicrafts range

An attempt to promote local artisans and minimal design

Ramdhanu – earliest children’s periodical in Bengali

It used to feature published poems, short stories, plays and novellas and many more articles

West Bengal Forest Department’s conservation drive of rare Batagur Baska ...

It is one of Asia’s largest freshwater and brackish water turtles

Bengal Chamber award honours corporate giants of old Calcutta

The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the oldest in India

Manisha Granthalaya, the bookstore which still sells Russian books

Bringing back a slice of Misha and the Bear!

The Bengal recipients who kept their Padma awards this year

The Padma awards 2022 have generated controversy

How did Netaji bring communal harmony in INA

He believed in co-existence of different faiths

Sabyasachi Haldar’s 'Free Electron Wire' receives US patent

Haldar had acquired patents for his inventions from the US, Britain and China

The winter delight of Bengal, jhola nolen gur

Its exquisite flavour makes it every Bengali household’s winter favourite

Reviving the fading glory of the Bengali cartoon

A look back at India’s first Cartoon Mela, which ended on Jan 5

Kolkata to get brand new Solar Dome

The project is expected to be completed by year-end

Bengali, the first Indian language that Tintin spoke

Tintin has been available in Bengali since 1975

Swami Vivekananda as a Women Activist

He believed that the idea of perfect womanhood is perfect independence

Swami Vivekananda: The socialist who did not follow Marx

His idea of socialism was more of the reformist ideology

Gangotri to Ganga Sagar Walk – Meet Sanjit Das who spreads awareness

He aims to create awareness and sensitize the masses about sustainable environment and living

Swami Vivekananda could relegate Gods of his religion for greater cause of ...

Swami Vivekananda gave clarion call for strength, patriotism and man-making

Swami Vivekananda and his views on World Fashion

His perspective on fashion for women

NATMO introduces user-friendly Braille maps for visually impaired students ...

The advanced Braille maps using innovative technology are durable, eco-friendly and easily accessible

The bus route between Calcutta and England that crossed 150 borders!

It is considered to be the longest bus route in the world till date.

Sundarbans farmers turn to floating farms to counter cyclone crisis

Seawater intrusion has made large chunks of coastal land useless

How are Mir Jafar and Lord Curzon associated with Kolkata’s National Libr...

Mir Jafar and Lord Curzon were instrumental in growth and development of National Library

Jashoda Mishtanna Bhandar: Tale of an iconic sweetmeat shop

It is traditionally famous for its creamy Laal Mishti Doi

Covid spike prompts restrictions in state

West Bengal has re-introduced some familiar restrictions

The story of ‘Narasinghachandra Dawn & Co, Gun and Rifle Makers

How was Narasinghachandra Dawn & Co set up in Kolkata?

The Kali idol of Kalighat has a significance beyond religion

Temple built in Bengal aatchala architecture

A new museum, the Mounted Police’s end-of-year gift to Kolkata

Kolkata Police’s unique heritage initiatives

Where can you see Kolkata’s tallest Christmas tree?

At 54 feet, this a fairly large tree even by global standards

Gobindaram, the nationalist who preceded Indian nationalism

Calcutta’s ‘Black Zamindar’ was also a pioneering patriot

A shola Christmas tree? Why not?

A city hotel revisits Bengal's cultural heritage

Kolkata heralds winter with Christmas Festival on Park Street

The festival begins today and will continue until Dec 30

Netaji in books and cinema: The good and the not so good

What are the best sources to learn about Netaji?

Has the Bengal Tiger truly returned to Buxa Tiger Reserve?

A lone tiger has been spotted at Buxa reserve recently

Scientist from Bengal, Anirban Das develops special boots for Siachen Jawan...

Das recently earned the 'Best Innovator Award' from the Indian government for his major utilitarian invention

Newly re-launched Elephant Safari beckons trippers at Gorumara Sanctuary

Tourists interested in going on a safari can now book their tickets online

Ratna Chakraborty, the freedom fighter who cleaned toilets

On Bijay Dibas, the incredible story of a true braveheart

Sundarban Dibas highlights the critical need for mangrove conservation

If this ecosystem vanishes, we risk the destruction of mainland Bengal

Kolkata’s Neena Gupta wins Ramanujan Prize

Gupta is the third woman to receive this prestigious award

India’s first Bengali literature festival turns seven

The festival was conceptualized in 2015 at Oxford Bookstores

Celebrating 'laughter maker' Shibram on his birthday

His creations are a treasure trove of Bengali literature

Netaji on film, has justice been done?

How has the Indian silver screen treated Netaji?

Did you know India’s 2nd Largest Church stands in Raigunj of Bengal?

St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral is popularly known as the Raiganj Church.

Shankar at 87, may the joy never fade

Awards have not done justice to his stunning popularity

Rare Bird, sighted 170 years ago, seen again in Darjeeling

Satyr Tragopan is found in the Himalayan range of Sikkim and Bhutan

East Midnapore brings back native, lost fish varieties of Bengal

Flood-affected pisciculturists can finally breathe a sigh of relief

Kalna Scientist Arindam Modak features in world’s top scientist list

Arindam Modak's field of research is energy and environment

Alipurduar’s scientist Souvik Basu gets call from NASA to probe sun parti...

Basu been invited to work as a Research Scientist at Lockheed Martin company

‘Germany felt that Russia should invade India’

How Netaji misread the Nazi government

Bengali scientist Uttirna Mukherjee joins mission to save International Spa...

Mukherjee and her colleagues are continuously advising the astronauts on board the ISS on how to avert disaster

Try some piping hot soup this winter

The best soup joints of Kolkata

Complex heart surgery at NRS saves child, cost only Rs 2 under Shishu-Sathi...

A brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, this scheme provides free treatment to children undergoing heart surgeries

Story of Dhaka University – The Museum of Bhasha Andolan

In this 3-episode series, GB delves into the past and present of Dhaka University, which has remained a historical landmark for the struggle for freedom

Order your pack of Mango Magic online from The Bengal Store

Mango is the king of all Indian fruits, and we show you exactly what you can do with it

New NATMO Monograph on Bengal’s Shaktipeeths to promote pilgrimage touris...

Bengal will soon have a detailed map to promote tourism along the Shaktipeeth trail

Kolkata Police rewarded for keeping city heritage safe

Many of the buildings belonging to the force are heritage structures

Will Kolpotoru, the famous paan shop of Kolkata, survive?

Listen to the electrical engineer who runs Kolpotoru Paan shop

Cholo Kheli – A noble KP initiative to touch upon a child’s life

Kolkata Police and Trisys Foundation’s has recently launched Cholo Kheli

'Pujor Gaan', and what happened to it

A special album had to have a Puja release

West Bengal becomes a forerunner in discovery of new plants and animal spec...

ZSI has enlisted 30 new animal species from Bengal discovered in the state last year

Not just a freedom fighter, Chittaranjan Das was a poet too

Remembering Das on his birth anniversary

Ghatak's war between 'Man and Machine'

Ritwik Ghatak's Ajantrik was a revolutionary film

GB celebrates the birthday of ‘Ruskin Bond of Bengal’

Today is Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay's birthday

West Burdwan Teacher transforms village streets into classrooms

Fondly known as ‘Rastar master’ (teacher of the streets), Nayak teaches almost all subjects

From Kali to Jagannath to Star Theatre, a walk to remember

Another walk through Calcutta’s past

Durga Puja or art show? Maya Art Space hosts a to and fro

Maya’s seventh ‘Pujo Shilpo’ adda was held recently

The Melody, the shop that still repairs Uttam Kumar’s harmonium

Iconic Rashbehari shop that has its named entwined with legends

Walking down College Street, home to temples of learning

Our walk turns to one of the city’s most notable neighbourhoods

Azad Hind, the government that saw the future

Arzī Hukumat-e-Azad Hind was formed in Singapore in 1943

Remembering Jibanananda Das on his death anniversary

Why is Jibanananda’s Banalata Sen a cult poem?

Sonachari – the new Silk woven by Bengal’s rural weavers

Sonamukhi has grown into one of the state's major silk weaving centers

Giant Jilipis of Kenjakura

'Jilipi' is believed to have travelled all the way from Persia to Bengal during the medieval age

Celebrating Durga, celebrating autumn

Autumnscape is all about the joy of being Bangali

Baroyari pujas and the age-old custom of ‘Pujor chanda’

By 1840, ‘Pujor chanda’ had become a menace

More than a 300-year-old Chandannagar’s Mondal Bari Puja

Get to know of their unique Kalabou ritual

Hooghly artist creates history by drawing CM’s miniature on palm leaf

Ghosh's amazing feat has not only made his hometown proud, but the entire state is basking in his reflected glory

The house that celebrates Durga Puja with patriotic songs

Rare Puja rituals of Kolkata's Hathkhola Dutta Bari

Chittaranjan Das to Subhash Bose – illustrious Presidents of Baghbazar Sa...

For more than a century, 'Baghbazar Sarbojanin Durgotsav' has been a silent witness to the changing times

Water ambulance service launched for residents of Sundarbans

The new water ambulance will be of great assistance to the residents of the remote delta islands

Three Kolkata Restaurants get Heritage plaque – Mocambo, Kwality & Trinca...

With the newly bestowed Heritage Plaques, these three restaurants might turn into iconic puja hotspots this year

On World Animal Day, a Kolkata hospital is asking for your help

An international day of action for animal rights and welfare

Jute Durga Idol with a difference – made by orphans of Nimtouri Orphanage...

All members of Nimtouri Home are working diligently to present a spectacular show for the audience during the Pujas

Lost in obscurity, Calcutta’s oldest surviving temples

Our walk continues along the temple trail

Jalpaiguri tops Bengal language list with a diversity of 98 dialects

The district is a shining example of unity despite the multiplicity of dialects spoken here

Where did Sri Ramkrishna come to meet his Daayar Sagar?

Iconic building still stands tall in Kolkata

‘Tola, ‘Para’ and ‘Tala’: What Kolkata’s old place names tell u...

Two forces behind the growth of Calcutta were commerce and military might

Did you know Behala is older than 330-year-old Kolkata?

Part of the city that is more ancient than Kolkata! Some say 800-years-old

Old Calcutta’s temple trail, a cultural odyssey

Kolkata’s religious heritage and its origins

Sarat Bose, the older brother who stayed in the background

The eighth edition of ‘The Anita Dialogues’

Will SD and RD's home truly become a museum?

Kolkata Municipal Corporation has plans to buy the property

Bengal’s Alpona has its roots in Harappan Civilisation!

This art is thought to be 40,000 years old

Kolkata Blue Plaque, a drive to make heritage part of daily life

The scheme is modelled on the London Blue Plaque

Kolkata safest city for elderly too

Data gathered from NCRB 2020 report

Poison Info Centre of RG Kar gets a prestigious place in WHO list

Only Government Hospital in India to get this position

Kolkata is Safest Metro to live in as per National Crime Records Bureau dat...

Data shows Kolkata has recorded the lowest rate of cognizable offences

Euro-style Vistadome trains usher in a big boost to North Bengal tourism

North Bengal’s 'Vistadome luxury train service' has become the talk of the town, with tourists comparing the experience to that of Swiss Euro Rail

Tea stall that perennially shares food with penniless nomads: Meet the Karm...

The Karmakars have been feeding poor people every day with a missionary zeal

Burdwan boy gets prestigious US scholarship for research on growing rice in...

Akash Dutta is preparing to travel to the US to conduct research on how to genetically modify plants to generate more sustainable species

Minaret sculptors of Kanthalia in Murshidabad hold on to dying art

The potters of Kanthalia village are the exclusive minaret makers in the country

‘Pandu Rajar Dhipi’ – Bengal’s Chalcolithic site could be as old as...

An archaeological marvel signifying a rich heritage, it once ran parallel to the late Harappan era

Walking through the centre of Kolkata

Kolkata’s native aristocracy in focus

Beliaghata Gandhi Bhavan: Epicentre of fight against communalism

The building that bears witness to a vital chapter of Indian history

Sculptor’s wonder: Creative ‘Bus House’ of Bolpur

Potter from Bengal creates a unique art form with commercial success too

GB Exclusive: Darjeeling Zoo set to be revamped on Prague Zoo model

An agreement (MoU) has been signed between the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) and Prague Zoo authorities

Sunil Ganguly, the modern voice of Bengal

Remembering the legend on his 88th birthday

A walk down Sealdah and Bowbazar, among the oldest areas of Kolkata

Sealdah was intrinsic to the growth of the city

National Handicraft Award for women mat makers of Medinipur

Both women are from Sabang in Paschim Medinipur

Gumghar Lane & Hospital – Where People were Quarantined in British Kolkat...

The famous hospital in central Kolkata is currently the centre for treating covid-19 patients

Go see a Kolkata ‘mess bari’ before it vanishes

Yet another way of life is on its way out in the city

A Stanford graduate had launched Margo soap a century ago as part of Swade...

Khagendra Das' answer to British supremacy in FMCG goods

Rituparno Ghosh special, Part I: 'His bottom line was, I want it done’

Composer-music director Prabuddha Banerjee in conversation about his memories of Rituparno Ghosh

How did Bengal’s only classical music gharana originate?

Tracing the rise and fall of Bishnupur Gharana

Walking around the ‘native’ palaces of Kolkata

The ninth episode of our walk around Kolkata

What makes Pather Panchali a timeless chart topper?

The film released on this day in 1955

Bankura, a wildlife paradise apart from everything else

The next time you visit Bankura, take in some of its forests

Plot No 5 was Uttam Kumar’s Last Movie. Not Ogo Bodhu Sundori

Plot No. 5 was a hit in Bengal and it ran for as many as 10 weeks in Elite Cinema Hall

From kebabs to fruits, walking through the bazaars of old Kolkata

Musical instruments, wigs, hookahs, attar, take your pick

As Jhulan starts tomorrow, GB takes you to Jhulan Bari of Kolkata

200-year-old heritage house with a narrow hanging lane between two houses!

In Kolkata’s 331st year, a look at its oldest road

The road supposedly took its name from a notorious robber

RYDE – ‘All Day Same Fare’ App Cab launched in Kolkata

Services will be available 24X7 and the fare will be the same throughout the day

Gold Mask for Durga Idol to spread Pandemic awareness

To raise public awareness, the Durga idol at Baguiati Pujo Club will be wearing a mask this year

Taki, the land of zamindars, has a diverse cultural legacy

Experience a relaxing weekend getaway at a Bagan Bari resort

‘Colours of Kolkata’ the new graffiti revolution launched by WBTC

‘Colours of Kolkata’ campaign starts from Park Circus and will cover most of the depots’ walls until Durga Puja

The Prophet of Indian Nationalism

Shri Aurobindo Ghosh’s 149th birth anniversary

The ghats of Kolkata, a walk like no other

The seventh episode of our walk around Kolkata

Evolution of the Bengali chorchori

A time-saving Bengali recipe that used to feed joint families once upon a time

Coochbehar, the land of kings

Coochbehar is the only completely planned town in northern Bengal

Tree plantation drive for a greener Maidan

Kolkata has launched a tree plantation initiative in response to the devastation caused by numerous cyclones

Bengal’s MR Bangur given India’s Best District Hospital tag by Niti Aay...

During the COVID-19 2nd wave, it became the first government Covid facility to introduce virtual visiting hours for its patients

Bengal starts Tree Ambulance service

The Tree Ambulance, accompanied by plant experts, is ready to help increase Mother Nature's green cover

Season’s tallest Durga idol sets sail for USA

A 10-feet tall idol of Goddess Durga has been shipped to the United States

First robotic kidney transplant of Eastern India performed in Kolkata

Robot Assisted Kidney Transplantation (RAKT) is pushing the boundaries of robotic surgery

West Bengal kick starts CNG buses to reduce fare during diesel price rise

The dual fuel engine introduced by the State Transport Department of Bengal is both environmental friendly and economically viable

Four decades after death, India’s IVF baby pioneer gets state recognition...

Dr Subhash Mukhopadhyay was ostracized in his lifetime

West Bengal Government executes massive Mangrove Plantation in Sundarbans

South 24-Parganas district administration has finalized plans to plant 7.5 crores mangrove sapling

Kolkata gives Zoological Survey its first woman director

Dr Dhriti Banerjee is a Presidency alumnus

A city book shop selling books by kilos

You get brand new titles and old priceless books

West Bengal Government recieves multiple SKOCH Awards

West Bengal Government's hard work brings accolades with multiple SKOCH Awards

Chandannagar Jagaddhatri Puja committees receive vaccine boost

The vaccination programme is being held at Rabindra Bhaban

‘Telebhaja’ for Re 1, Ghugni for Rs 2

A shop in Burdwan that caters to the poor

Palashi, the village that changed Indian history

Did you know that ‘Plassey’ is not in Murshidabad?

Documentary with strong Bengal connect wins Golden Eye at Cannes

Payal Kapadia’s first feature ‘A Night of Knowing Nothing’ bagged the prestigious Golden Eye Award for ‘Best Documentary’ at the Cannes Film Festival 2021

‘Once Upon A Time in Calcutta’ gets selected at Venice Film Festival

National Award-winner Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s third feature, ‘Once Upon A Time In Calcutta,’ has been selected in the prestigious upcoming 78th Venice Film Festival

Graduate from Kolkata Medical College tops AIIMS entrance Exam

Another medical graduate from Malda, has ranked seventh in the same examination

On the waterfront: a walk along the Hooghly

The Hooghly made Calcutta attractive to European traders

‘Germany only helped India as much as it suited them’

Presenting the eighth edition of The Anita Dialogues

West Bengal Tourism Department and France join hands for Chandannagar reviv...

The French settlement in Chandannagar came up in 1692

World War I, immortalised by Bengal’s soldiers

As a British colony, India was dragged into the war

Ilish recipes from Narayanganj and Barishal

This monsoon ride on a nostalgic high!

Kolkata’s first linguistic interpreter recruited by East India Company wa...

How Ratan Sarkar saved the day for Basaks and Seths

Remembering the doctor who created India's first and world's second test tu...

The first test tube baby of India, Durga was born under Dr Mukhopadhyay

Walk on for a perfect balance of religion and commerce

The fifth episode of our customised walk around old Kolkata

A spectacular comeback for Bengal's Sutirtha Mukherjee

Sutirtha Mukherjee won her debut match at the Tokyo Olympics, beating Sweden's Linda Bergström

Looking back at Goutam Ghose's iconic movie 'Paar'

On his birthday, GB pays tribute to director Ghose and his protest movies

City’s beloved Prachi cinema beats pandemic blues with a new look

The ‘Prachi model’ could well become an example

The British war memorial in Kolkata built by melting enemy cannons!

Have you ever been to Pepper Pot near Prinsep Ghat?

Bhutanghat, paradise on earth

Bhutanghat is situated in the mountainous terrain along the river Raidak

Mirik, the magic is just beginning

Mirik is surrounded by several well-known and picturesque tea estates

Dwijendralal Ray, the genius we forget to remember

Looking back at a super achiever on his 159th birthday

Kolkata street where Rabindranath wrote Nirjhare Swapnobhanga

Sudder Street is a meeting place of multi-cultural people

The places of worship in old Calcutta, and what we learn from them

A walk around Canning Street and Brabourne Road

Plagiarized by Spielberg, Ray’s ‘The Alien’ failed to land in Bengal!...

Spielberg’s ‘E.T.’ would not have been possible without Satyajit Ray’s script for ‘The Alien’

Negative RTPCR or double vaccination must for tourists in WB

State government steps up drive against third wave

Where boats do not sail, but weave a thousand stories

GB visits 'Boat Museum' of Kolkata

Environmental award for Kolkata CP Soumen Mitra

The commissioner is also a heritage conservationist

Esplanade, the beating heart of old Calcutta

A walk around the old commercial hub

How Kolkata-based spice business reached European shores!

Dhannalal Jain: The success story of the Masala King of India

Rath Yatra, a global festival

The festival has long transcended geographical boundaries

Chamurchi, home of the musical cave

Described as the Gateway to Bhutan, Chamurchi is filled with awe-inspiring biodiversity

The ‘Maharaja’ of Indian cricket – Sourav Ganguly

Dada’s Dadagiri on and off field has always attracted all

Swami Vivekananda’s love for Khichuri and his special recipe

The term khichuri (khicṛī) is derived from the Sanskrit khiccā, a dish of rice and legumes

The quiet passing of Bengal’s double Olympic gold medallist

Keshav Chandra Dutt has left us far more quietly than he should have

Hon’ble CM launches drive to place Bengal on global tourism map

Tourism Minister Indranil Sen embarks on implementation tour

Kolkata’s Arushi Pant receives this year’s prestigious Diana Award

Since the age of 10, Pant worked on a child protection project in the rural districts of West Bengal

Kurseong in the rains, an experience not to be missed

Kurseong was beloved of Netaji Subhas Bose and his family

Dokra handicraft, a thing of ancient beauty

The Bengal Store’s Dokra pieces retain all their original beauty

Octogenarian village chef Pushparani Sarkar turns Youtube Sensation

Pushparani’s channel Villfood, now boasts of 1.47 million subscribers

Remembering the mystic music of Bhaba Pagla

In celebration of Bhaba Pagla’s deeply philosophical spirit

From Jhargram to Tokyo Olympics! Pranati Nayak, India’s lone gymnast from...

Pranati Nayak is the only other female gymnast from India to qualify for the Olympics after Dipa Karmakar

State launches student credit card, following Mamata’s election promise

The scheme offers loans to students in Class 10 and above

Take Bengal’s Mango Tourism trail to see how much you don’t know

West Bengal still grows over 150 varieties of mangoes

The many good things about pure ghee

While artificial ghee can poison your system, natural ghee does the opposite

Michael Madhusudan, the genius who lost his way

Remembering one of Bengal’s greatest literary figures

Jhandi, a perfect weekend getaway in the rains

Calling nature lovers and adventure tourists

West Bengal Government launches Lakshmi Bhandar scheme to help poor familie...

The scheme will provide financial aid to women heads of families

A little bit of BBD Bag, a whole lot of Calcutta

Yet more vignettes of Kolkata’s heritage on our weekly walk

Organisers, priests, idol makers to get vaccines before Pujas in Howrah

Howrah health administration has set a target of 20,000 vaccinations daily

Royal retreats, the heritage palace hotels of Bengal

The ‘Rajbari Hotel’ phenomenon has rapidly gained ground in West Bengal

Bengal and its ITIs top India’s skill development charts

The state currently has 272 ITIs, 153 polytechnics, and 21 pharmacy institutes

A lifetime in 11 years, the Netaji-Emilie saga

The June edition of ‘The Anita Dialogues’ marks the first time Emilie met Subhas

KMC starts first COVID safe home for children in Kolkata

Preparation for 3rd COVID wave in full swing

West Bengal Government to recruit 32,000 teachers this year

State Government to carry out recruitment process in the education sector

Chandannagar Assembly Constituency shows the way with 'Duare Vaccine'

Most elderly residents of the town have been covered by the programme

Enjoy the lockdown with your very own customised Kolkata Walk

Take small steps towards a post-Covid world

Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting, joint creators of Durand history

Kolkata’s Durand connection began with Mohun Bagan 1oo years ago

CM launches second phase of ‘Krishak Bandhu’, to benefit 60 lakh farmer...

The scheme also makes provisions for agricultural labourers and sharecroppers

Famous Field Recordist Deben Bhattacharya who made Music on desert roads

Meet the Bengali who introduced Bengal’s traditional folk music to the world arena

Baranti, the dream eco-tourism destination

Baranti is a small tribal village in Raghunathpur subdivision of Purulia district

Dhrupad maestro Bahadur Khan popularized the Bishnupur Gharana

Was Bahadur Khan honoured by king of Bishnupur?

Hemanta-Uttam, a bond that bent, but never broke

Inseparable on the silver screen, the two were fast friends in real life too

First rail link between Bengal and Sikkim promises boost for tourism

The Sevoke-Rangpo Rail Project was proposed when Mamata Banerjee was Railway Minister

Did Tagore compose Jana Gana Mana in praise of King George V?

Well, the answer is NO and was clarified by the poet himself in a letter written in 1937

Khejuri Post Office – India’s first post office

The birthplace of India’s First official Telegraph line connecting Calcutta-Khejuri and Diamond Harbour

Barrackpore, the ancient town the British 'adopted'

Long before it became India's first British cantonment, Barrackpore was an ancient settlement

Dr. Ramendra Lal Mukherjee invents pocket ventilator as a safe alternative ...

This inexpensive ventilator can provide instant support to patients with breathing trouble

Darjeeling on foot, an experience not to be missed

Experience Darjeeling from a different perspective with a heritage walk

West Bengal Government drafts a 120-crore plan to save the East Kolkata Wet...

The plan has been drafted with the help of experts which shall be implemented in the next five years

State tourism department begins India’s first vaccination drive for indus...

A total of 6 lakh vaccine recipients have been targeted

This monsoon, put Hilsa Tourism on the map!

Drive down to a hilsa hotspot and take your pick of fresh catch

As Bengal’s Covid figures markedly improve, will life crawl back to norma...

The latest government guidelines offer partial lockdown relaxations

How Bengal’s famous mangoes find their way into sweets

Mango Mania hits the sweet shops of Bengal

Meet Ujjal Pal-- the man from Siuri who cycled to the top of Chander Pahar

Real life Shankar of Chander Pahar back in action?

Kolkata and its romantic cycle days

On World Cycle Day, GB brings a different story

Mojilpur clay dolls, endangered examples of an ancient Bengali craft

Mojilpur clay dolls differ from fired-clay dolls made in other parts of Bengal

Succulent Sandesh and 200-year-old heritage ‘Makhan Lal Sandesh’

This 200-year- old sweet shop is a go-to destination for all the connoisseurs of sweets

What did Rituparno Ghosh have to say about Death?

On the director’s death anniversary in his own words

The British beautified Kolkata with shady avenues. How?

Celebrated art historian Rathin Mitra speaks on Dalhousie Institute

Kolkata startup develops mobile app to monitor oxygen saturation and pulse ...

This app uses the rear camera and flashlight to give accurate SpO2 & pulse readings

Rabi babu and Subhas, a bond that endured

The political views of the two men were often at odds

Bengali scientist creates long-lasting disinfectant to ward off COVID-19

DuroKea sanitizer provides prolonged protection against a wide range of germs including COVID-19 virus

Chitre monastery, the place to be on Buddha Purnima

Chitre is a beautiful mountain village in North Bengal

Amphan, Yaas prove how global warming is changing cyclones

Why are tropical cyclones becoming so frequent, and so intense?

Bengal was once upon a time ruled by African Kings!

Story of the Habshi Sultans of Bengal

L.Madeira, a 200-year-old mortuary of Kolkata

Who could run away from the clutches of the inevitable reality of life!

Why was Manik Bandopadhyay’s writings influenced by Marxism?

Bandopadhyay’s writings dealt with the wretchedness of existence in the context of rural Bengal

Gifted Artist Anirban Mishra’s colourful world of Pens and Ink

Misra’s traditional hand-made pens are a hit among the masses

Raw honey from the Sundarbans, and the story behind it

The raw honey that comes to us directly from beehives in the Sundarbans tells a tale of hardship and courage

Bengal's famous sweet from the Sultanate era

Chaitanya Dev’s favourite Roshokodombo

West Bengal tightens lockdown guidelines, extended to May 30

The announcement was made by chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay

Mr U. Ray, Bengal’s gift to the world of printing

Like his contemporary Rabindranath Tagore, Upendrakishore Roy Chowdhury was a polymath

How Tagore was ‘stamped’ on the world

In the 160th year of his birth, here’s looking at stamps on Tagore

Cliff Richard was once a resident of Howrah

Born and brought up in Howrah's narrow lanes!

From St Xavier’s to Tollywood, Bengal shows rare community Covid relief

Celebrities Parambrata, Anupam, Riddhi and Rwitobroto join hands in this hour of need

Mamata retains portfolios in new cabinet, major changes in education, food ...

A total of 17 new faces are ministers in Mamata Banerjee’s third-term cabinet

Enter the world of MAli, the cartoonist by passion

Mahafuj Ali, or MAli’s works have quite often gone viral

Iconic bakery Kookie Jar shuts down factory due to COVID-19

Shop that baked Satyajit Ray’s birthday cakes for years, shuts down

How is Bengal's Jackfruit good for you?

Jackfruit is a boon for a healthy summer

Indumadhab Mallick revolutionized the kitchen with the invention of ‘Icmi...

The cooker that transformed the lives of Indian ladies

Kolkata’s iconic Mohan’s Books and Magazines downs shutters

E-books have arrived, driving the last nail on Mohan’s coffin

Mamata announces new Covid measures, suspends local trains

The announcement comes hours after the CM’s swearing-in

New Indian digital player Dialoguein presents global Bengali lit fest

‘Dialoguein Global Bengali Lit-Fest’, is to be held from May 6-8

Bengali immunologist gets top honour in USA for original research

Dr Sankar Ghosh among 120 newly elected members announced by the National Academy of Sciences

Chitrakar infuses modern social atrocities in Patachitra

Bhaskar Chitrakar tries to contemporize Kalighat Pata

Scientist Dr. Prabuddha Kundu and team develop triple-antigen oral COVID va...

If approved, this will be the first triple antigen composition manufactured by India

Satyajit Ray's world of cinemagic

A tribute to the Master filmmaker on his birth centenary

Tea garden bungalows of North Bengal come alive in new book

The heritage homes are scattered across Darjeeling and the Dooars

Bengal’s troubled relationship with May Day

For three decades, ‘lockout’ and ‘union’ were part of life in Bengal

Kolkata Physicist makes path breaking Solar Particle Detector to detect Sun...

Path breaking discovery to help explore the myriad mysteries of the Sun

Highest ever net surplus in a decade at Kolkata Port Trust

Kolkata Port Trust witnesses a surplus of 26 percent

Beautiful Bankiput, the treasure nobody knows about

Bankiput is a little over 16 km from Kanthi

Gombhira, one of Bengal’s richest folk art forms

Gombhira is still performed by artistes from Malda

IIT Kharagpur’s COVIRAP test kit to give reports in 45 minutes

COVIRAP testing is said to be more effective for community-level screening

Icche Gaon, the mountain paradise in Kalimpong

Echey Gaon means ‘topmost’ in the Lepcha language

The antiseptic cream with a swadeshi link

How proud Boroline was distributed for free in 1947

Kolkata Police creates green corridor for transportation of oxygen

Special task force created to stop hoarding of cylinders

Chinatown’s oldest shop builds a culinary bridge

They will home-deliver home-made Chinese sauces and frozen food

Jhargram Rajbari retains all its past glory

Raja Narasingha Malla Deb revamped the royal palace

Far away from the Maidan, the ‘IFA Shield’ comes alive in Harrow

Captaining the two sides will be Chima Okorie and Dipendu Biswas

A meeting with living legend and one of Netaji’s lieutenants

Asha Sahay joined the Rani of Jhansi regiment in Bangkok

On Earth Day, why not give ecotourism a boost?

Gajoldoba and Lamahatta are two of Bengal’s foremost ecotourism destinations

Pathra, the temple town of Paschim Medinipur

Pathra is only 14 km from Medinipur town

Daniell’s canvas picturing elephants on Chowringhee

GB brings you some enchanting landscapes of British ruled Calcutta

Spend a perfect weekend at Diamond Harbour

Located close to the Gangasagar delta, Diamond Harbour was formerly known as Hajipur

Prof Suman Chakraborty from Bengal gets prestigious Science Award

Chakraborty's contribution towards affordable healthcare

Domestic tourism and the travel-crazy Bengali

A tendency to go off the beaten track has taken the Bangali to all corners of the world

Mama Bhagne, the natural wonder of Birbhum

Mama Bhagne has become a tourist attraction in the Dubrajpur area

Kumartuli Turnaround – Season’s 1st Durga Idol sets sail to Sydney

With exports picking up, Kumartuli artisans breathe a sigh of relief

Remembering Ashutosh Mukherjee

Ashutosh Mukherjee’s visions for higher education

The house that Sarat Chandra built

Sarat Kuthi is the house where the author wrote some of his greatest works

Bengal tops India’s Small Savings with Rs 90,000 crore

Bengal is leading the way in small savings collections

Chalsa, queen of the Dooars

What truly sets Chalsa apart is its proximity to two of Bengal’s most famous forest reserves

A Library in an old fridge: It can only happen in Kolkata, The City of Lear...

Kalidas and Kumkum Halder’s new venture has turned into a hit

On World Health Day, a look back at some of medicine’s greatest triumphs

This year, the theme for World Health Day is ‘Building a Fairer and Healthier World for Everyone’

City restaurant hosts lunch in honour of Zomato delivery executives, netize...

‘Calcutta 64’ and ‘Awadhi Biryani’ recently organised a lunch for those who never taste the food they deliver

Why are people pretending as though Covid has vanished?

With cases rising daily, why are we still not following Covid protocol?

National Medical College scripts history with first snake venom oral antido...

‘Varespladib’ has shown promising results in clinical trials

Bengal’s Centenarian takes Covid-19 shot, inspires all to take the jab

Manorama Biswas from Jayantipur village creates history after getting vaccinated

Junput and Udaipur, Bengal’s hidden seaside jewels

For solitude and serenity, these two are perfect weekend getaways

‘Amit Shah runs the BJP, but can we say Mr Modi doesn’t run it?’

Election strategist Prashant Kishor on why he thinks TMC will retain Bengal

Top 10 summer destinations of West Bengal - Part II

The second part of our summer tourism roundup

Hall and Anderson - The first departmental store of the 'City of Joy'

Tracing the first in this era of stand-alone shops

‘Nehru was noncommittal when I asked for Indian citizenship’

The second episode of ‘The Anita Dialogues’ with Netaji Subhas Bose’s daughter

Top 10 summer destinations in West Bengal - Part I

In no particular order, here are Bengal’s top 10 summer retreats

Govt eco-resort near Sandakphu set to open doors to guests

The resort is at Tonglu, between Manebhanjan and Sandakphu

Basanta Utsav travels indoors

Santiniketan to observe closed doors ‘Basanta Utsav’ this year

Tracing the 'Bangali gaddis' of Burra Bazar

Bengali traders were pushed out by traders from other parts of India

Jagajibanpur, Malda’s best kept secret

Had it not been for Jagajibanpur, the history of the Palas would be incomplete

Make a trip to Coochbehar Palace, a dream built in brick

Modeled after Buckingham Palace, it was built by Maharaja Nripendra Narayan

The temple in Kolkata that survived an earthquake and cyclone

‘Black Pagoda’ that withstood natural calamities

Masterda- Remembering him on his birthday

Chittagong Armoury Raid and India's Freedom Movement

On International Day of Forests, here’s looking at Baikunthapur and its t...

For 2021, the theme of the International Day of Forests is ‘Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being’

Kurumbera Fort, a centuries-old mystery

The fort displays the architecture of ancient Odisha, but what was it built for?

All the goodness of fresh fruits in our mixed fruit jam

Our mixed fruit jams are free of chemicals and preservatives

Why Bengal is a haven for heritage tourism

Its colonial past is certainly not the only heritage that Bengal boasts of

The first biopic on Mujibur Rahman was made in Kolkata

GB brings this incredible tale on Bangobondhu’s birth anniversary

Haridhan Mukherjee – The ‘Mama’ of Bengali cinema who fought poverty ...

Satyajit Ray respected his versatile acting prowess

West Bengal's Hasimara Airbase to house IAF Rafale squadron

Rafale fighter jets are expected to arrive by mid-April

West Bengal records one of the highest COVID-19 vaccine beneficiaries

West Bengal successfully vaccinated 84,505 health workers in just 6 days

Tea tourism, a growing industry in itself

Experience unparalleled natural beauty, taste some of the world’s finest teas

Women Entrepreneurs in Bengal’s MSME

Female MSME owners top their male counterpart in Bengal

Bengali author Sankar receives Sahitya Akademi Award

Sankar is also regarded as a street food expert

Why the Bishnupur Museum in Bankura is a must visit

Bankura has a history of human habitation since prehistoric times

Sonamukhi’s Sohini in US-Biden administration

The US President Joe Biden appointed Bengal’s Sohini Chatterjee

Did Victoria Ocampo turn Rabindranath Tagore into a painter?

How Ocampo inspired Tagore to explore the creative world of art and painting

Kalyani - the town that carries Bidhan Roy’s scars of unrequited love

Declared a Smart City by the state government in 2014

Gajoldoba, a tourism hotspot in the making

Located by the Teesta river, Gajoldoba is close to the Baikunthapur forest

Post COVID, Dalhousie street-food vendors get hygiene training

Dalhousie Square to turn into heritage ‘Food Street’

Sittong, Bengal’s orange and quinine county

The first sight of luscious oranges hanging from trees is delightful

Sridhar Acharya, the forgotten Bengali mathematician

Though part of an elite group, Sridhar Acharya’s name is rarely mentioned

Akashvani to be relaunched

The nostalgia of Calcutta Radio Club still hangs high

Victoria Ocampo sold her necklace to pay for Tagore’s stay in Argentina

Ocampo’s profound admiration for Tagore and her personal sacrifice

The ancient charm of Tamluk

In ancient India, Tamralipta was a thriving business port

Chandannagore’s Alo Hub

One-stop destination for Light Wizards

Baba Bhootnath’s tea stall at Nimtala Ghat

‘Sadhu Baba’ Hari Shankar Pandey’s popular tea stall attracts a huge crowd, daily

Eco Park in New Town hosts workshop on its resident birds

Eco Park has evolved from just a patch of wasteland

The Jagat Seth House, once Bengal's central bank

Today, the principal mansion is a museum

Buenos Aires Travelogue – by Rabindranath Tagore

Bard of Bengal was an avid traveller

Delivering the essence of Bengal, The Bengal Store crosses a milestone

In just eight months, The Bengal Store has reached out to 23 states across India

Buxa National Park, where nature and history live together

The incredibly diverse ecosystem of Buxa makes it a highly attractive tourist destination

Paschim Medinipur, the birthplace of heroes

From ancient archaeology to modern history, Paschim Medinipur has it all

Just roll it up!

Entrepreneur Payal Saha takes Kolkata’s ‘Kati Rolls’ to New York City

As tourism grows, Lamahatta says no to plastic

Tourists may bring in money, but they also bring plastic bottles, empty plastic packets, and every other kind of rubbish

State Government launches Cruise along the Ganges

Ride from Kolkata to Serampore and Chandernagore

Hilsa tales: the good, the bad and the ugly

Shorshe ilish and ilish machh bhaja are legends in their own right, but what about an ilish bharta, or korma?

Rabindranath Tagore’s First Love – Annapurna

Celebrating Love on Valentine’s Day

Celebrating Gorumara, Bengal’s natural wonder

Gorumara is home to some of the richest animal and plant life in the country

‘It was the most dangerous time in my father’s life’

Netaji Subhas Bose’s daughter Anita Bose-Pfaff recounts her father’s epic submarine journey

Netaji@125: Viewing India’s Subhas through the eyes of his daughter

Sampriti-A Bengali organisation in Germany aims to preserve Netaji’s legacy in Germany and Europe

JOLOSHREE -- The Restaurant Boat in Chandannagar

Chandannagar shows the way for River Tourism in Bengal

India’s Largest Buddha Statue is in the making in Kolkata

Sculptor Mintu Pal’s 100 feet tall ‘Reclining Buddha’ has created a buzz in Kolkata

State Tourism Department launches Bengal Himalayan Carnival

The carnival has come as a timely shot in the arm for the hills

Nabadwip, once a capital, now an amalgam of religion and history

Nabadwip was the capital of Bengal under Ballal Sen and Lakshman Sen

Did you know that Amrutanjan, the iconic pain balm, was founded in British ...

India’s favourite “Pain balm” and the freedom fighter who pioneered it

Serampore’s churches tell of its European past

The French, Portuguese, Dutch, and Danes, all had ‘kuthis’ here

Susunia Hill, Bankura’s ancient attraction

Susunia Hill is an ancient geographical formation located between Bankura and Purulia

Why do Bengalis believe in planchettes?

Have you ever tried bringing down a spirit?

Bhorai Kirtan – The dying music of Burdwan

How the Vaishnava cult gave rise to a traditional form of music and dance

By visiting the Sundarbans, you contribute to their preservation

The Sundarbans have often been called a natural safeguard for nearly 40 million people

Artists from Bengal still rule at Christie’s Sale

Top selling Indian art at Christie’s is from Bengal

On your next trip to Darjeeling, watch out for film crews!

Once in great demand as a shooting location, Darjeeling is reclaiming that popularity

Jaldapara has almost prevented rhino poaching. How?

Recent poaching case was one of its kind

World’s 2nd city to enact anti-air pollution legislation in 1863

Lord Curzon took serious notice of infamous ‘Calcutta Smog’

Economist Jayati Ghosh appointed by the United Nations to a high-level advi...

Bengali scientist help fight economic challenges in a post-Covid world

Speech of the first Bengali Christian member of the Constituent Assembly

H.C. Mookerjee helped in drafting Indian constitution

National Voters’ Day, and how India votes

This year, the ECI has launched the e-EPIC on the occasion of National Voters’ Day

On National Tourism Day, Bengal is confident of a better year

This year, the theme of National Tourism Day is ‘Dekho Apna Desh’

Malda, the ancient pride of of Bengal

Malda was once the hub of Bengal’s flourishing cotton and silk industries

How is Sir Ross’ Kolkata doing?

Under the sting of mosquitoes

The Mecca of Journalism lies in neglect

This is where Keshab Sen started the newspaper Indian Mirror

Visit Bishnupur not just for its temples, but for the Heemputul

Heemputul of Bishnupur seems to be enjoying a revival of sorts

Bengal’s traditional Sal leaf utensils

An eco-friendly craft that also helps generate employment as well

A magical cruise through the Sunderbans

Take a two-day boat trip through the world’s largest mangrove forests

Shout Out to our Real Heroes

“National Disaster Response Force” celebrates its 16th Raising Day

Love story that took Santiniketan by surprise

The untold story of Rathindranath Tagore

Bengal’s mass immunisation success may aid Covid-19 vaccination

Covid-19 vaccination starts today in Bengal

Hetampur – the cultural heritage site of Birbhum

Hetampur is undoubtedly a tourist destination and a history lover’s delightful journey to the past

Decorated war hero of the Indo-China War 1962

Maj Gen Bejoy Mohan Bhattacharjea who led the force

Sangeet Sarani --- Renaming the Kolkata Street where R.D. Burman was born

The iconic building where R.D Burman was born stands at 36/1, South End Park

Shankarpur, the still hidden jewel

This quiet fishing town has come into its own as a tourist destination

Better safe than Sorry: Sensitizing citizens on Road Safety

The importance of traffic rules and why it is necessary to abide by them

The art form called ‘nolen gur’, delivered to your doorstep

The delicate flavour of ‘nolen gur’ has remained an eternal Bengal favourite

Tributes to Ray, Soumitra, Ravi Shankar mark Kolkata Film Festival

The 26th Kolkata International Film Festival is now under way

Bishnupur Music Festival gears up for another edition

Bengal’s only classical music gharana is alive and well

Painting that had the idea of Bharat Mata

How Abanindranath Tagore’s famous painting paved the way for an ideology

Roll Kaku of Kolkata

He is on the look out for a school space for underprivileged children

Across all its properties, the WBTDCL scripted a success story in the latte...

Despite the gloom of 2020, the state’s Tourism Department staged a remarkable turnaround in the second half of the year

ABTA completes 100 years

Teachers’ movement to spread literacy completes a century

Madoor of Sabang conquers Europe

Mats of Bengal have scored over luxury Western rugs and carpets!

“A good librarian has a task cut out for him”

Tagore explored the theme of libraries to a great extent

Take a tram ride, spread Covid awareness

Covid Care Network has brought together some of the city’s most distinguished names

Rabindranath Tagore’s love for a Library of Books

Tagore would have probably embraced modern developments of e-books and e-journals

Lamahatta, the ‘accidental’ tourist destination

One of the newest entrants on Bengal’s tourism map, Lamahatta is unspoiled and picture perfect

The oldest port of India, Kolkata Port

It handled half of India’s trade during World War I

In the lap of nature- Chhota Mangwa

Jewel of the Darjeeling Hills

On Christmas Day, a glimpse of Bengal's old churches

Christianity came to Bengal in the 16th century, and brought with it some truly magnificent churches

Tagore, the Naturalist

His subtle love for nature

Cancer survivor and cricket icon Arun Lal gives a shocking account on pappa...

Did you know diesel is used for rolling the pappads?

Tagore’s Man-Nature Interface

He introduced outdoor classes

‘Bonga Hathi’, a touch of Bishnupur in your home

Wish to bring home the essence of ancient Bengal to your living room?

Kolkata was once called 'Black Town'

A Portrait of Black Town by Solvyns

Kolkata Christmas Festival gets underway

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the annual Christmas Festival at Allen Park

‘Duare Sarkar’ crosses 1 cr registration in 15 days

Swastha Sathi scheme is getting the maximum response

Tagore's profound spiritualism

The spiritual journey of Tagore

Covid or not, Kolkata will get its Christmas Carnival

Kolkata will end the year on a high with the Park Street Christmas Carnival 2020

Slice of Turkey in Kolkata- Baklava Box

Turkish delights in the City of Joy

Tagore and his boundless curiosity

Rabindranath Tagore and Gayatri Mantra

Kolkata kicks off the winter with season’s first tourism fair

The Nandan complex has just hosted a tourism fair. Several more are scheduled across various districts

First to record the height of Mt. Everest

Radhanath Sikdar needed no computer for calculating the height of Mount Everest

Child and Infant Mortality rate reduced in Bengal

Bengal has considerably improved its Institutional Delivery Mechanism in Health

Maradona of Kolkata Maidan

Krishanu Dey’s left foot magic

This winter, go places you have never been before

Three rarely frequented destinations in Bengal offer the chance of a perfect getaway

Bengali scientists get highest Infosys Awards

Scientists recognised for their contribution to Mathematics and Physics

Tagore's love for ink and paper

Memories of the written letters

The ‘fair’ season begins in Bengal

Like every year, the state government will organize winter fairs across the districts this year

The Bengali in Joe Biden’s cabinet

A boy from Kolkata may be one of the USA’s most influential government officials

The Nobel Prize news that came via Telegram

The gramophone record has had a deep connect with Rabindranath Tagore

Business conference on the Hooghly, anyone?

The state tourism department has launched an all new river cruise

Bengal sets a path breaking example in Plasma Therapy research

The results are certainly promising in Kolkata trials than they are in Delhi

God Particle Boson excited Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore describes Boson particle through Nataraj Nritya

Kolkata Police now takes Tejaswini online

Kolkata Police’s highly popular self-defence workshop for women goes virtual in pandemic times

Tribute to Soumitra Chatterjee

Apu Park to come up in New Town

Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Window to Science’

World Citizen Tagore and his vision of integration

New book of short stories boosts Bengal-Australia ties

Saheli Mitra is the only South Asian writer to feature in a prestigious new anthology of short stories

Duare Sarkar

Cashless health benefit for each citizen of Bengal

First Car in India

Kolkata roads saw the First car in India

Animal rights redefined in colonial Bengal

When saving a dog in British Kolkata led to wrongful case against a native!

First ever Woman Chairperson of SAIL

Soma Mondal to head the Steel Authority of India

When tigers roamed the streets of Kolkata

Story about the rising tiger menace in the city

Vision Beyond Education

Visva Bharati- Where Education Turns Borderless

The Metro Bandhan First ever Metro-Bank tie up in Kolkata!

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Bandel Cheese from Bengal

Did the Portuguese teach Bengal how to make this cheese?

Small Budget Big Film

Bengali film Ketu gets global recognition at Canada’s prestigious film festival

Where the Mind is without Fear

Tagore’s vision and roadmap for Visva Bharati

Hospitality and folk culture, Bengal’s perfect recipe for tourists

The next time you stay at a WBTDCL property, you may well be in for a cultural treat

Jagaddhatri Puja in times of Covid

Chandanagar Jagaddhatri Puja extravaganza has a subdued tone

The 19th century French Connection

Poet Toru Dutta- John Keats of Bengal

The morabba of Siuri was introduced by Portuguese

Colonial influence on Bengal’s sweets

He held three automobiles with his bare hands

"Bheem-Bhavani" -- Bengal's Hercules

A meeting on the 'Bridge'

One of Soumitra Chatterjee's exceptional acts

As Darjeeling is set to host tourists again, let us look back at a few lost...

The Darjeeling agitation of 2017 cost the Queen of the Hills a few losses to its heritage

Tackling the stubble burning menace

Local resistant groups formed to stop the pollution

Gadiara, where the rivers meet

A wonderful weekend retreat

Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards 2020

Bengali scientists of IIT Kharagpur awarded

Soumitra and Nasiruddin in new film to address ‘intolerance’

The stalwarts join hands in movie 'Debotar Grash'

A picture says a thousand words

Wishing peace and prosperity for all brothers and sisters

The Police Pathshala in Santiniketan

Officer-in Charge of Santiniketan Police Station as Police Didimoni

Young Reader’s Tram Car

World’s first library on Tram in Kolkata

Exploring the forests of Kankrajhore

Off the beaten track, Kankrajhore is a perfect example of everything that embodies Jhargram

The perfect Tibetan monastery in the heart of Kolkata

Very few Kolkatans know about this Buddhist monastery and stupa on a quiet south Kolkata bye-lane

Fishing Cat- Bengal’s state animal

Time for Fishing Cats engagement with state branding.

How is Manna Dey’s Coffee House doing?

A look at the iconic structure

Kolkata gets its first F3 car racing team

Joba Racing Team, exclusive F3 Racing Team from Bengal launched

Swami Vivekananda believed Gautam Buddha was reborn as Christ

Why Swami Vivekananda thought Buddha and Christ are same?

Harmonium’ by Dwarkin created a revolution in Bengal’s musical journey

Who founded Dwarkin? Was it a Bengali or British company?

Hogg Saheber Bazaar and a racist mind set

New Market was once a 'All White' marketplace

High Court orders a Silent Diwali

Sale of crackers, both sound and light banned

Is Ektara also played in Rajasthan and Sind?

It may be the oldest stringed instrument in the Indian subcontinent

Tyre Park- a unique art installation venture

Wealth from waste initiative by West Bengal Transport Corporation

Kolkata Postal Museum - GPO

A four-room treasure trove

Rishyap, from where you have the best Himalayan view

Unknown until the late 1990s, the little hamlet of Rishyap is today a gem of the mountains

The building which stores dead letters

Kolkata never buried the 'lost letters'

Bishnupur Gharana travelled to Murshidabad

Radhika Prasad Goswami was appointed as the music teacher of Maharaja’s school

North Dinajpur still holds on to the tradition of masks

Diverse masks are made in different districts of West Bengal

The Doon was founded by Satish Ranjan Das

The premiere educational institution of the country was founded by a Bengali

A fierce historic battle was fought on Dalhousie Square

The battle that changed the course of Indian history

Earliest sketches of Kolkata by British landscape artists

Their sketches are indeed a living testimony

Landmark 19th century Calcutta High Court case of an ‘Unchaste Widow’ a...

How Kery Kolitani was harassed after she won the case

Lepchajagat, the land of golden silence

Not too many tourists visit Lepchajagat, which is what keeps its pristine serenity intact

Bengal school-girl’s virus-killing mask wins National Award

Ushers in hope for front line Covid 19 warriors

500-year-old Durga Puja that starts on Vijaya Dashami in Raigunj!

Balaichandi Durga Puja has a special purpose

Connect with a Kolkata you’ve never seen before

The West Bengal Tourism Department is launching a unique tour of Kolkata, taking in some of the city’s most prominent heritage landmarks

Every inch of Kolkata’s ITC Royal Bengal is an ode to Bengal’s splendou...

Architecture reflects Bengal Aristocracy and its regal homes

Maa Durga’s bhog cooked and offered by Muslims in 350-year-old Murshidaba...

The legacy of Muslims offering the first bhog still continues

Famous Chhanamukhi of Brahmanberia that transcended borders as Chhanar Murk...

The sweet that is needed for every festival of Bengal

Gouri Prasanna Majumdar, the golden man of Bengali ‘movie song’ nostalg...

Did he get his due recognition even during his lifetime?

On World Food Day, a look at World’s Food Programme that got Nobel Peace ...

WFP provided assistance to 100 million people in 88 countries last year

Post lockdown, tourism in Bengal tells a story of hope

As the state government's tourism properties reopen, many of them are witnessing a surge in occupancy rates

Saraswati Sarkar, weaver of Nadia receives President’s Medal for her exqu...

Habibpur weaver’s labour of love gets national recognition

Enjoy a peaceful Puja at Murshidabad, away from the big city

The Bohor Tourism Property at Baharampur offers you a chance to soak in historic

You now have a sweet reason to visit Santiniketan

The West Bengal Tourism Department is promoting signature dishes from all its properties

Robot Maria to manage crowds during Durga Puja in Kolkata

SB Park Durga Puja Committee comes up with innovation

Century-old Tea Advertisement at the historical H.C. Dey tea stall of Dumdu...

Advertisement highlights importance of tea in fighting illness

Spend the Pujas at Bakkhali, without missing out on anjali and bhog

As you travel to Bengal's favourite holiday destinations, take the Puja with you

Sonali Mistry – the only lady two-wheeler mechanic of Kolkata

She wants to set up an institute to skill up girls

Durga Puja conducted tours by the Department of Tourism

West Bengal Tourism Department announces its Puja parikrama, 2020

Wrestler Gobor Goho defeated world champions but British refused him ‘Joh...

In 1913 he defeated world champ Jimmy Campbell in 1913

Destination Jhargram, seat of Bengal's 'Rajput Malla' kings

There's much more to Jhargram than its forests, as a weekend trip will tell you

Lord Curzon was floored by Burdwan’s Sitabhog! Was it a sweet that Sita l...

Tracing the colonial journey of world-famous Sitabhog

On World Tourism Day, go local with pride

Given the travel bans worldwide owing to the Covid crisis, this year is a great one to explore our own state

Sonajhurir Haat, Santiniketan, reopens its golden doors

One of the star attractions of Santiniketan, Sonajhurir Haat has remained virtually unchanged through the years

Vidyasagar not just wrote Borno Parichay but several books on widow remarri...

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar brought liberalism in Bengali literature

Dr Sekhar Basu, leading nuclear scientist of India is no more!

Immense contribution to India’s nuclear submarine venture

Sarada Ranjan Ray was called W.G. Grace of India for popularizing Cricket

He was elder brother of Upendra Kishore Roychowdhury

Not just the deaf, everyone should learn the ‘Sign Language.’ Why?

Sign language helps in better communication even among children

Film tourism in Bengal follows the shooting trail to iconic locations

Thanks to a recent initiative by a Kolkata-based company, you can now travel to some of Bengal's most famous shooting locations

Bengal's Pathasathi motels make your road trip even better

This state government initiative has resulted in a series of motels along the state's most travelled highways

Mahabharat and Mangal kabya trace the entry of mutton in Bengali kitchens!

How Mangsho Bhaat became a popular dish in Bengal

This Puja, rediscover Bengal

Why not make a road trip to visit the wonders of Bengal?

Celebrating birth anniversary of one of India’s first modern painters –...

Gaganendranath Tagore took up painting quite late in life

Majestic Murshidabad, the capital that the British destroyed

Once one of the grandest cities in the world, Murshidabad still reminds us of its former eminence

Which was Kolkata’s First Road? And which was the first road with a footp...

How the first road of Kolkata stopped Maratha bargis from invading

As Digha reopens for tourists, a road trip is in order

Now that tourists are once again making their way to Digha, why not book a stay at Dighali?

Barwari Durga Puja first started in Bengal to uphold Swadeshi sentiments wi...

Birashtami Puja and Khadi exhibitions created patriotic feelings

In North Bengal's forests, Aranya waits to welcome you

North Bengal's magnificent forests are only a drive away

Don Bosco Liluah – set up in 1937 under the ideology of a Saint from Ital...

Saint John Bosco’s contribution to upliftment of needy children

Wooden owls and dolls of Burdwan’s Natungram – Bengal’s craftsmen at ...

State government develops Natungram as Rural Craft Hub

Did you know Warren Hastings founded Digha and called it ‘Brighton of the...

The British were carried away by Digha’s pristine beaches and blue sea

Priyaranjan Sarkar – Bengal’s flag collector, picks thrown away Indian ...

Team of youths from different districts have now joined him

Weavers of Phulia create record by depicting entire Ramayan on one Taant Sa...

Guided by President’s Award winner Biren Kumar Basak

Maithon, a rare combination of technology and natural beauty

Maithon was independent India’s first hydel power plant. It is also one of the most beautiful weekend destinations you can find

Terracotta water bottles, your healthy lifestyle option

Not only are terracotta bottles healthy, they are pocket-friendly too

Rituparno Ghosh special, Part 2: 'Ritu was never the interfering kind'

Composer-music director Prabuddha Banerjee in conversation about his memories of Rituparno Ghosh

Birbhum’s Mirati will no more have Pranab Mukherjee during Durga Puja thi...

He who believed Bengal is an assimilation of cultures

Sandakphu, a magical trek among the Himalayas

Why you absolutely must take a walk to Sandakphu

Quenching the thirsty soul and dancing in the Rains

Unique photo story by Santosh Rajgarhia

Vishnu on a playing card, the 'Dashabataar tash' of Bishnupur

A nearly 500-year-old art form of Bengal needs our support to survive

Brindaban Chanda, the one-man army fighting for a dying art

The traditional art of making lac dolls will soon become extinct without our support

Paresh Lal Roy - Father of Indian Boxing, was 1914 Bantamweight champion of...

Trained by famous English coach Billy Childs since age of 10!

Century-old Mecha Sandesh of Beliatore still survives the test of time

Loaded with health benefits, this sweet is Bengal’s pride

Prakriti Bhavan, a little gem of a museum

Rabindranath Tagore's vision comes alive in this unique museum dedicated to Nature

Bengal Umbrella’s uber cool journey --- brand K.C. Paul is any Bengali’...

How was the brand set up that has reached the world over?

Adventurous journey of globetrotter ‘Shingara’ from Central Asia to Ben...

From where did our favourite Phoolkopir Shingara land up in Bengal?

Virtual tour to live stream animals twice a day from

Have fun sitting within the safety of your homes

Bengali architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya who built Jaipur, India’s first ...

He was chief architect in Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh’s court

Dulal er Taal Misri – Bengali entrepreneur’s sweet taste of success

Dulal Chandra Bhar started the business in his teens

St. Andrew’s Church, Darjeeling's history cast in stone

Nothing, not even lightning strikes and earthquakes, have been able to diminish the beauty of this Anglican church

ITC Royal Bengal adds green feather to its cap

Luxury hotel ITC Royal Bengal has earned the prestigious LEEDS Platinum certification thanks to its eco-friendly practices

Bengali scientist Anindya Bagchi makes a breakthrough in treating deadly pa...

CU alumnus Bagchi now heads the team at Sanford Institute of USA

Bamabodhini Patrika of 19thcentury Bengal gave women of the Andarmahal a sp...

The journal opened the window to women emancipation

Wooden polo balls of Deulpur were once exported to UK, US and Australia

What happened to the Polo Ball Makers of Bengal?

Tote bags, a perfect blend of beauty and utility

Our range of eco-friendly, block printed tote bags truly reflect the heritage of Bengal

Lost in divine lunacy, the Bauls of Santiniketan

Scattered across many parts of West Bengal, Bauls nevertheless have a spiritual home in Santiniketan

First neo-realistic movie of India was Nemai Ghosh’s Chhinnamool

The film attained wide acclaim in Russia but not in India

Timeless and priceless voice- Debabrata Biswas

The man who brought a different meaning to Rabindrasangeet

State-owned Tantuja goes online to support weavers of Bengal

Aggressive online marketing to help weavers during COVID-19

The state government has brought several measures to look after the Senior ...

On World Senior Citizen’s Day a look at the elderly population

Murshidabad’s Kherur Mosque, a vision in terracotta

Though the terracotta temples of Bengal have received greater fame, the state’s terracotta mosques came earlier

American wood duck land up in Bengal

American bird boosts local economy

Moichhara, Bengal's very own fertility ritual

A little known, yet centuries-old tradition is still alive and well in many parts of the state

Walking among the clouds at Delo

Long known as an attraction near Kalimpong, Delo is carving a niche for itself as an independent destination

KP constable Arup Mukherjee called ‘Shobor Pita’ for supporting Purulia...

Selected for global award ‘Bravo International Book of World Records’

P.C. Mukherjee, the Bengali archaeologist who discovered Kapilavastu defeat...

He had no formal education in archaeology but had a hunger

Boat Makers of Balagarh --- holding on to 500-year-old craft of hand buildi...

Stuck in a timeless ¬island amidst currents of change

The first female serial killer of Bengal, Troilokya Devi, seven years befor...

1883 recorded gruesome killings by this cunning woman

Kolkata in a box, filled with that special brand of magic

Artist Uday Deb has created an evocative set of fridge magnets designed to celebrate the essence of Kolkata

Let’s be self-reliant, let’s be independent where it is much needed!

West Bengal government’s meaningful self-reliant projects

The fascinating birds of Kulik Bird Sanctuary

Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary is gradually gaining in popularity

The amazing natural heritage of Jaldapara

Famous for the one-horned rhino, Jaldapara is a treasure trove of other attractions as well

Harbingers of change in Bengal on Int’l Youth Day

Real life stories of real-life youths

Kolkata’s Raunak and Neha topped India’s Civil Service Exam this year!

Students from Bengal shine in civil services exam

Bakkhali is a destination like no other

The timeless charm of Bakkhali

Mukutmanipur, the charm never fades

Mukutmanipur’s reputation as the perfect weekend destination has strengthened over time

Bengalis who fought in World War I and the first ‘only Bengali’ British...

It was in August 1924 a monument was built by British in their memory

Paying homage to the soil

Every year, the ‘Halokarson’ ceremony at Sriniketan reminds us of Tagore’s commitment to the soil and those who cultivate it.

NKDA to hold training camps for Cyclist Enthusiasts of New Town

Cycle is the answer to modern mode of transport